Tyson Stelzer Champagne Guide 96 Points!
Vinous Media 94 Points!
Tyson Stelzer 96 points!
“Ruinart's flagship blanc de blancs plays the high strings of the Cote des Blancs to the thick orchestral scoring of Montagne de Reims, filling out chardonnay's pitch perfect freshness with layers of creamy generosity. The 2004 delivers vitality and an edginess emphasised by prominent, diamond-cut acidity, underscored by the nostalgic timbre of inimitable Cote des Blancs chalk minerality. A distinctive air of reductive character blows through in gunpowder and fennel notes, the signature of Ruinart and of Chardonnay, while a decade in Ruinart's ancient chalk mines has deepened its voice with tones of nougat, toasty complexity and a hint of smoked bacon. Its euphoric vigour and sheer stamina surpass even the masterpiece of 2002, promising two decades of potential in the cellar. Large glasses will be your best ally when it is finally time to awaken this sleeping beauty.”
Tyson Stelzer Champagne Guide, 2015-2016
Vinous Media 94 points!
“Vivid yellow. Pungent, heady aromas of ripe pear, orange pith, brioche and toasty lees, with a stony nuance adding lift and urgency. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors that pick up minerality and smokiness with air. Finishes sappy, penetrating and very long, with slow-building sweetness and a note of buttered toast. ”
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media, December 2014